4. His first contribution to the zoological literature was
in 1829. For the first time in Norway the life history of
the stalked cnidarian Lucernaria was described.
5. In 1831 he married Maren
Katarina Welhaven (1802-1889) and had seven sons and
seven daughters. To get close to the sea Sars moved with his new wife to
Kinnan island west of Florø. Here he
stayed for eight years working both as priest and
zoologist. Of his passion for marine life his wife is quoted as saying
that she engaged with a happy and lively young man. “Time showed
that I was married with a strict and serious
6. In 1837 he received a
grant from the government with which he travelled to France and met
many of the famous scientists. He studied in museums and libraries. From
Paris he travelled to Bonn, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dresden and Prague.
7.In 1857 Sars’ large collection of marine animals
was bought by the University for 4100 Spd and added to the Zoological
museum. The collection included 34 000 specimens from all of his
expeditions. Sars continued to travel until 1869. His last journey was to
Hordaland and Hardangerfjord.